One of the great joys of living in Malaysia is the fact that food is abundant, thanks to the diversity of cultures in the country. From nasi lemak breakfast to a midnight roti canai snack, options are available all day, every day.
In addition to food runs, festive seasons also allow Malaysians to indulge in a variety of spreads – from open houses to restaurant buffets. One of the major pitfalls of this abundance of food is the fact that Malaysians tend to over order and over-prepare meals, which leads to food waste.
The Importance of Environmentally-Friendly Choices
Since 1957 Malaysia, along with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), has supported the country’s National Save Food Network drive to reduce food waste and post-harvest losses. Additionally, the FAO reports that an estimated one-third, or about 1.3 billion tons, of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste, which contributes to global food insecurity.
It is a harsh reality to consider, but this privilege can also inspire us to make more conscious eating choices.
A recent survey conducted by Herbalife Nutrition around plant-based diets showed that 40% of respondents’ food choices were driven by a desire to be more environmentally-friendly. Reducing food waste is a simple, added bonus that can have a great effect.